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Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare.

Computerized Capability of Office-Based Physicians to Identify Patients Who Need Preventive or Follow-up Care — United States, 2017
Examines the capability among U.S. office-based physicians to provide electronic reminders to decrease missed care. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Damon F. Ogburn, Brian W. Ward, Alicia Ward
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(44), 1622-1624
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan
A guide for federal health information technology (HIT) activities. Identifies current healthcare challenges and opportunities related to HIT. Explains how the federal government intends to use HIT to promote health; enhance care delivery; build a secure, data-driven system; and develop an interoperable HIT infrastructure. Includes discussion of rural needs and opportunities related to HIT.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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OCR Update on HIPAA and COVID-19
Recording of an April 24, 2020, webinar on HIPAA privacy and health information technology security issues related to COVID-19. Discusses several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights actions during the pandemic, including notifications of enforcement discretion and guidance for telehealth remote communications, first responders and public health authorities, and other stakeholders.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
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Health Industry Cybersecurity: Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the COVID-19 Response
A guide for healthcare enterprise management on how to address important factors related to teleworking during a public emergency. Includes action items related to information technology and cybersecurity, legal and privacy considerations, and communication.
Author(s): Joint Cybersecurity Working Group
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council
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Trends in Electronic Health Record Use Among Residential Care Communities: United States, 2012, 2014, and 2016
Examines electronic health record (EHR) use trends and health information exchange (HIE) capability among residential care communities. Includes data by metropolitan statistical area (MSA) status, comparing MSA and non-MSA areas.
Author(s): Christine Caffrey, Christopher Cairns, Vincent Rome
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs
Describes 4 categories of health information technology and electronic health record (EHR)-related burdens for healthcare providers. Presents strategies and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other stakeholders to reduce the burdens in each category. Includes brief notes on how these policy changes can be implemented with small and rural providers in mind.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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e-Connectivity @ USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
Provides an overview of e-connectivity and briefly covers its benefits related to healthcare, education, the economy, and public safety. Describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) role in e-connectivity in rural areas. Includes a USDA e-connectivity resource matrix highlighting 27 programs to serve as a guide for planning, researching, and implementing e-connectivity activities and projects. Covers USDA program success stories that expanded broadband access in their rural communities.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Access and Use of Electronic Health Information by Individuals with Cancer: 2017-2018
Explores how individuals with a cancer diagnosis accessed and utilized health information technology compared to those who have never had a cancer diagnosis. Compares the rates at which patients are offered access to their online medical record, how often they view their online medical record, and how they utilized the record, among other measures. Presents demographic and health-related data for the surveyed individuals, including the percentage in rural versus urban areas.
Author(s): Christian Johnson, Melinda Krakow, Vaishali Patel
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Strategic Options for the Modernization of the Indian Health Service Health Information Technology: Final Report
Identifies recommended approaches and next steps for modernizing the Indian Health Service use of health information technology (HIT). Addresses the needs of both patients and the health workforce that will use the system, as well as governance and a variety of technological issues. Lists constraints to HIT modernization along with proposed mitigations for those constraints.
Additional links: Roadmap: Executive Summary
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances among Office-Based Physicians, 2017
Examines rates of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), with information by type of physician practice, including rural or urban location, practice size, practice ownership, physician specialty, and technology available. EPCS is mandated for Medicare Part D providers by 2021, through the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.
Author(s): Sonal Parasrampuria, Martin Blanco, Wesley Barker
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Last Updated: 9/28/2021